Yehuda Amichai Poetry: World Poets Analysis
Yehuda Amichai was not a poet of a single major theme, and a variety of approaches to his work are open to the reader and critic. He was—perhaps above all—an autobiographical poet, yet it is also possible to consider him as a national poet whose personal concerns overlap those of his country. Amichai was one of the few poets of the late twentieth century who could be called genuinely popular, and it is important to consider the nature of his relationship to his audience. Other important features of Amichai’s poetry are the apparent effortlessness of his poems, with their agile, attractive speaking voice and complex tone; his use of conceits (his early poetry especially has been called Metaphysical) and his consistent success in finding striking, original metaphors; the rich variety of forms he tried, from quasi-Shakespearean sonnets to mock-heroic couplets and free verse; his emphasis on the concrete, palpable events of everyday life, as opposed to the abstract phraseology of ideologies and philosophers; and finally, his love poetry, the major theme of his work from the 1950’s and 1960’s. Today Amichai is recognized as the author of a body of work that is extremely varied, rich, and inventive in form. One of Amichai’s most remarkable traits is that his poems have the ability to surprise.
Autobiographical nature of work
The autobiographical nature of Amichai’s poetry was the cause of some attacks on his work. Spontaneous...
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